In light of the votes she’s taken in the Senate, it’s almost humorous that on one very important issue, she’s trying desperately to distance herself from President Obama and the left: coal.
The Senate’s tax extenders — and indeed the entire process surrounding the extension of expiring tax provisions — is one of the most egregious examples of Washington using its powers to prop up well connected interests.
Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Cory GardnerHouse Republican Average57% has taken the lead on expediting the approval process for liquified natural gas (LNG) exports. This may seem like a small issue, but Gardner’s Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act would address the natural gas permitting backlog that has been preventing America from taking full advantage of one of the most promising domestic sources of energy. That would create jobs here at home and, as many others have pointed out, help undermine Russia’s strategy of energy extortion abroad.
Read the rest to see how Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Jim BridenstineHouse Republican Average91%, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Ted CruzSenate Republican Average94%, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Ted CruzSenate Republican Average94%, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mike LeeSenate Republican Average96% and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Mike PompeoHouse Republican Average87% are changing the energy dynamics within the Republican Party.
The Heritage Foundation’s Nicolas Loris, an economic policy analyst, has had to clarify this definition for some lawmakers who think that the energy efficiency building codes in their bill are still ‘voluntary’ if states and tribal groups are paid to follow them.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Rob PortmanSenate Republican Average55% and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Jeanne ShaheenSenate Democrat Average6%, sponsors of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, seem to think their bill conforms to free-market principles — or at least that’s how they’re selling it.
This inappropriate intervention comes in the form of ‘voluntary’ federal mandates and taxpayer funded subsidies for energy efficiency updates in state government and tribal buildings. Specifically, Heritage notes, “The bill authorizes $200 million of taxpayer money to “incentivize and assist” states and tribal groups to meet allegedly voluntary building codes.”
As Heritage notes, only the free-market has been proven to decrease costs and increase efficiency in energy production. The federal government’s role in energy efficiency should be limited to providing information to consumers make well-informed decisions. This legislation allows the government to overstep its boundaries.
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